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Great Kitsap Duck Race a hot success
With temperatures teetering on the 90-degree mark, nearly 17,000 yellow rubber duckies plummeted into the cool water of Dyes Inlet.
The ducks bobbed, bounced and rode the current, racing toward the shoreline. About fifteen minutes later, there was a winner.
"The best part about the race was that we had no ducks killed," joked Silverdale Rotarian Scott Slocum. "And there were no great escapes."
The Great Kitsap Duck Race returned to the Whaling Days festival Sunday, attracting a couple hundred sunglass-wearing spectators to Silverdale Waterfront Park.
An annual event put on by Silverdale Rotary, the 2009 duck race brought in more than $69,000 through the sale of 16,800 ducks, all of which were dumped into the water for a swim to the finish. Proceeds from the event go directly back to the community in the form of grant money, which is given to various local agencies.
"It was a quality race and everything went well," Slocum said. "We're really happy with the amount of money raised."
The winning duck was purchased by Bremerton's Randy Holliday, who receives either $16,000 in cash or a 2009 Nissan Truck donated by Advantage Nissan as the grand prize. Holliday will be presented with the grand prize at the Aug. 2 Kitsap BlueJackets baseball game at Lobe Fields at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds.
The first 30 ducks to cross the finish line earned prizes, ranging from the $16,000 grand prize and other cash prizes to three-month gym memberships and gift certificates.
Here is a list of the 30 winners.
1. Randy Holliday of Bremerton won his choice of a 2009 Nissan truck or $16,000 cash, donated by Advantage Nissan.
2. Loren Schael of Seabeck won a cruise for two, donated by Holland America Line, plus a $1,000 airfare, sponsored by StopSign.com Internet Security.
3. Sharon Brown of Silverdale won an oval diamond pendant made of white gold with 155 Diamonds (1.25 carats) from Ben Bridge.
4. Molly Atkinson of Bremerton won a $2,500 cash prize, donated by The Point Casino.
5. Kitty Kryder of Bremerton won a $1,000 cash prize, donated by Kitsap Credit Union.
6. Murray Webb of Bremerton won a waterfront view hotel room and spa service certificate, donated by Suquamish Clearwater Casino.
7. L. Schonamer of Bremerton won a Charmglow 4 Burner gas grill with rotisserie, donated by Home Depot Silverdale.
8. Joyce Knight (hometown not listed) won 12 yards of topsoil, delivered and donated by Asbury's Top Soil.
9. Melinda Meadows of Bremerton won a $250 EE savings bond, donated by American Marine Bank.
10. Gina Wacenfuss of Bremerton won a Mojave off-road bicycle, donated by Silverdale Cyclery.
11. Nancy Cross of Silverdale won a painting, donated by artist Jerry Mattoon.
12. Patricia Barrett of Bremerton won a one-night stay at Bayview Extended Stay Suite, donated by Oxford Suites — Silverdale.
13. Sarah Malone of Silverdale won a three-month membership to Silverdale Fitness.
14. Nancy Burlington (hometown not listed) won a three-month membership to Silverdale Fitness.
15. Roger Lundin of Silverdale won a three-month membership to Silverdale Fitness.
16. Rich Bogle of Bremerton won a three-month membership to Silverdale Fitness.
17. Shauna Barrett of Seabeck won a private wine-tasting, donated by Siloam Retreats & Wine Shop.
18. Brian Patten (hometown not listed) won a $100 gift certificate to Old Town Custom Framing & Gallery.
19. Pat Reese of Silverdale won a $70 gift certificate to The Nail Detail.
20. Nikki Rogers of Bremerton won a $50 gift certificate to the Wild Bird Center.
21. Paula Miles of Bremerton won eight Kitsap BlueJackets tickets, donated by Huddleston & Associates.
22. Lou Delong of Bremerton won a $100 certificate for a one-hour massage, donated by Heartful Hands.
23. Laura Nesby of Poulsbo won a $75 herbal massage gift certificate, donated by Old Town Massage.
24. Craig Olson of Vaughn won a $75 certificate for a one-hour massage, donated by Old Town Massage.
25. Colleen Graney of Olympia won a $50 gift certificate, donated by Ultra Cleaners.
26. Greg Molver of Bremerton won a $50 gift certificate, donated by Ultra Cleaners.
27. Denny Patterson of Bremerton won a $50 gift certificate, donated by Ultra Cleaners.
28. Charles Greiner of Kirkland won a $50 gift certificate, donated by Ultra Cleaners.
29. Abraham Boyhokian of Seabeck won a $50 gift certificate, donated by Ultra Cleaners.
30. Gloria Tizzano of Poulsbo won a $50 gift certificate, donated by Ultra Cleaners.